Even though this 10th generation Civic is significantly longer, wider, sits lower to the ground and overall is better looking and far more distinctive than the predecessor, unfortunately, it still doesn’t seem to garner much respect from other motorists on the road.
Last weekend, while indulging in my hobby of spotting abandoned classics in various industrial areas around the Emirates (I really hope I get a call back about that Seventies Oldsmobile Cutlass...) the poor Honda was constantly flashed at from behind by other drivers gesturing at me to move aside. I wasn’t driving that slowly; I was in the right most lane most of the time and keeping my eyes out for cool cars but I kept being honked at and bullied. Now, I’ve been enjoying this hobby of mine for about a decade and have noticed a very clear theme. Whenever I’m out and about looking for diamonds in the rough wheeling a more prestigious vehicle, I’m left to my own devices and hardly ever bothered by others. Turn up in the bustling place in a more affordable and common model however, and the flashing and honking starts almost immediately. If only they knew how good this Civic is, particularly the cabin.
The lengthened wheelbase (2,700mm) affords rear seat passengers with ample legroom (950mm) and along with the 942mm headroom, it is very roomy back there. Up front things are even better what with 998mm headroom and 1,074mm legroom and with a boot space of 478 litres you can go crazy in the mall/grocery store knowing the Civic will swallow everything you throw at it. It also packs a host of advanced and safety features as standard such as cruise control, smart entry, walk away lock, one push start system, remote engine starter, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and front dual SRS airbag system.
In my first week with the car, I had only averaged 13.1 litres per 100 but admittedly I was driving like I’d stolen it. Three weeks later, and with its limitations very much at the forefront of mind, I’ve not pushed it as hard and as a result, scored a far more frugal 9.4 litres per 100km. In my final week with the car, I’ll be seeing if I can bring that number down even further.
Back in the day, if you wanted to stand out you wouldn’t buy one of these, but now you might. It’s bigger than the predecessor (105mm longer and 44mm wider) and the liftback profile may even turn a few heads. It gives it the appearance of a hatchback, but it’s a saloon, and a decently styled one too...
Highs: Decent styling, roomy cabin
Lows: CVT, not the most potent of motors
There are other aspects of the Civic that have grown on me too such as its practicality, ride comfort and best of all the fact you can start the car up via a button on the key fob which also turns on the AC meaning the interior isn’t burning hot even if the car has been parked under the sun all day.
Highs: Smooth ride, easy to manoeuvre
Lows: Position of the steering wheel adjust lever leaves a lot to be desired!